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Optimism Dims for North Korea Denuclearization

At a recent Senate committee meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that North Korea is still producing materials for nuclear bombs, raising questions about whether the Asian nation is truly working to denuclearize following the May summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Voters are now less convinced that North Korea will slow or stop the development of nuclear weapons and more think Trump should be more aggressive with the nation.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds 43% of U.S. Likely Voters say it’s at least somewhat likely that Trump’s agreement with Kim will slow or stop North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, including just 15% who say it’s Very Likely. In May, just prior to their meeting, 51% of voters believed North Korea would slow or stop development of nuclear weapons. Nearly as many (49%) felt the same in mid-June following the meeting. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on August 2 and 5, 2018, by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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